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While you were away: Top stories to get you up to date

Bus accident in UP’s Bareilly kills at least 22 people, India defeatsPakistan in their openeing match of Champions Trophy, aftermath of London Bridge attack, Union minister says there is no downturn in the IT sector, 100 video vans to assess teaching quality across India.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2017 08:10 IST
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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of Pakistan’s Azhar Ali  in the Champions Trophy match, Sunday, June 5, 2017.
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of Pakistan’s Azhar Ali in the Champions Trophy match, Sunday, June 5, 2017.(REUTERS)

From India’s win over Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, aftermath of London Bridge attack, Rahul Gandhi reading religious texts to counter RSS, to the Centre saying there is no downturn in the IT sector, here are the top stories to bring you up to date:

UP: 22 passengers killed, several injured after bus collides with truck in Bareilly

At least 22 people were charred to death and several others were injured when a passenger bus caught fire after colliding with a truck on National Highway 24 in Bareilly at around 1 am on Monday morning. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals. Most of them are said to be in a critical state. The bus, belonging to Uttar Pradesh State Transport Corporation (UPSRTC), was headed from New Delhi to Gonda depot in central Uttar Pradesh.The accident occurred on an under-construction stretch of the highway between Bareilly and Shahjahanpur. The bus driver was reportedly speeding past a junction leading to the collision.

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India ride on all-round show to thrash Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy opener

After posting a total of 319/3 in 48 overs in a rain-curtailed match at Edgbaston, Indian bowlers ran through the Pakistan batting line-up, bowling it out for 164 to seal a comfortable 124-run win by D/L method in their opening match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with a brilliant, unbeaten 81 while Yuvraj Singh (53) reached his half-century in 29 deliveries. Pakistan opener Azhar Ali hit 50, but the rest fell away with Umesh Yadav claiming 3/30 and Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja taking two wickets each.

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London attack: Theresa May says ‘enough is enough’ after night of terror; police arrest 12

British police arrested a dozen people on Sunday in a widening terrorism investigation after attackers used a van and large knives to kill seven people in London, and the county’s major political parties temporarily suspended campaigning with only days to go before the general election. Prime Minister Theresa May said the vote would take place as scheduled on Thursday because “violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process”. The assault unfolded over a few terrifying minutes late Saturday, starting when a rented van veered off the road and barreled into pedestrians on busy London Bridge. Three men then got out of the vehicle with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market until they were fatally shot by police.

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Rahul Gandhi says he is ‘reading Upanishads, Bhagwad Gita’ to take on RSS, BJP

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said he was reading Upanishads and the Bhagwad Gita to take on the RSS and BJP. “Nowadays I study the Upanishads and the Gita since I am fighting the RSS and BJP,” he said addressing party functionaries in Chennai. “I ask them (RSS men), my friend, you are doing this, you are oppressing people, but it is written in the Upanishad that all people are the same and how come you are contradicting what your own religion says,” party sources quoted him as having told them. He alleged that BJP does not fundamentally “understand India,” and “understand only Nagpur” -- the headquarters of the RSS.

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Army’s aggressive approach, jobs and development: Government’s strategy in Kashmir

The Indian army, with strong backing from the government, has hardened its stance in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir that has been on the boil since the Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was killed last July. Officers say it plans to continue to do so, at least for the summer. BJP’s ideological mentor, RSS, too advocates the use of an “iron hand” to deal with the insurgency. It wants the government to send out a “stern” message that those who threaten “the state” will not be part of any dialogue. The home ministry is looking to fast-track pending development projects.

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Army rejects Pakistani military video of attacks on Indian posts on LoC

The Pakistan Army on Sunday released a 27-sedong video purportedly showing “destruction” of Indian military posts across the Line of Control and claiming to kill five soldiers, but the Indian Army has dismissed the claim as “false and fabricated”. This was the second such video released by Pakistan Army in two weeks amidst a flare-up in border tensions.

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No downturn in IT sector, reports are wrong, jobs will come: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday dismissed the reports of a downturn in the Indian IT sector as “completely wrong” and said a good number of people will get jobs in the current fiscal. Noting that the IT industry is worth Rs 9 lakh crore today and employs about 40 lakh people directly and 1.4 crore indirectly, the IT minister said firms like TCS and Infosys have said they would recruit thousands of professionals in the current fiscal.

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Over 100 ‘video vans’ to record classes at teacher-training colleges

A fleet of more than a hundred “video vans” will fan out across the country to record classes at teacher training colleges, a move aimed at assessing faculty, facilities and overall standard of these institutes. The government decided on the step after reports of falling standards of such colleges that have multiplied rapidly in India. It was also decided that no new college will be cleared for accreditation in 2017-18. “We have decided to commission more than 100 video vans” to record teachers teaching in class, a Union human resource development ministry official said.

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Image shows man fleeing London terror attack site with a ‘pint of beer’ in hand

The appearance of a man calmly walking away from the scene of the London attack with a beer in hand has for some become a symbol of the British spirit – and generated a lot of responses on Twitter.

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Two girls ‘harassed’ by school authorities in Virginia; sent home for wearing hijabs

Two Muslim students were allegedly sent home by a US school for wearing hijab because they were not carrying a ‘note’ from parents to prove that they had donned the headscarves for religious reasons. Hajah Bah and Fatmata Mansaray, both cousins and students of Freedom High School, Virginia, allege that the school administrators harassed them over their decision to don hijab, eventually prompting apologies from school division leaders.

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